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The Siege by SeanE The Siege by SeanE
pencils by :iconspherco:

inks by joe weems

Finally... finished....

I saw this picture on Steve's old podcollective site many many years ago and in my naivity and newbie-ness asked him if I could have the high res black and whites. Steve said, no... :)

Then about 2 years ago he sent them to me in a batch of old high res files. I was floored. The original file is a poster 3 feet wide and 2 feet high and the level of detail in the black and whites is stunning. I sat and looked at it, and put it away and looked at it again and so on, all the while thinking how'd I'd tackle the colours.

Then last January I saw "Avatar" and was motivated to finally give this a go. I thought I'd use sunset colours of purples and oranges and the like and so started flatting it. The flats alone took me over a week to do.

So I started to colour it but after almost 2 weeks of effort I'd done nothing but the people and some of the trees. (it's that detailed in parts) and at that point I had to admit to myself that it sucked.... it was the sucky mcsuck from suckville in the State of Suck.

So ditching everything that I'd colored so far I went back to Steve's version and realised that that was the best colour scheme for it after all. So, after everything this just becomes a study in colour combinations and technique and I admit freely that I've copied Steve's colours which can be seen here --> [link] but that's ok because I know Steve won't mind, right Steve?(... umm... Steve...? Mate...? :D ...) There's actually only about 6 separate colours in the whole thing, the rest is layer modes and blending technique!

So now, over 6 weeks later, here it is... ta-dahhh... *phew*

Now onto something else... something... simple... I think... :P

cheers
Sean
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phantomdotexe Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
An excellent image, if I do say so myself. I love the composition, and the way it draws the eye around the image.
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AdmiralMemo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
It makes my eyes hurt...
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NeoBlackZero Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
An amazing piece
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Avatar before Avatar=]
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JoshTempleton Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
beautiful!!!
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MirrorwoodComics Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful piece, a fascinating place.
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damon771 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
how can you maked to get cooperation with joe weems, here in serbia a few people know about him, my congratulations its for respect
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maxmillean Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning scene.
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BrenGun Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
wow amayzing!!!!!
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SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
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